Conference on Slavery, Islam, and Diaspora

Conference organizer:
Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora
Department of History
York University


Date:
Oct 24- 26, 2003

Location:
Calumet College

 
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The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora is pleased to announce a conference on "Slavery, Islam, and Diaspora" to be held at York University, Toronto, Canada, Oct 24- 26, 2003. The conference aims at bringing scholars together from different fields to share their knowledge on the themes listed below. Scholars working on issues concerning Islam and slavery in various parts of the world are invited to send a title and one-page abstract to the organizers at Nigerian@yorku.ca by April 1st, 2003.

Recent scholarship has revealed the extent to which enslaved black Africans influenced their host societies. The movement of enslaved Africans had an important impact in shaping the modern Muslim world and in leading to the conversion of many people to Islam. Likewise, enslaved Muslims from Dar al-Islam (the abode of Islam) occupied a unique place within the Atlantic slave trade, but their role has not been accorded the attention it deserves. Likewise, the role of enslaved Africans in the Islamic world deserves more attention. The conference seeks to look more broadly into slavery, diaspora and the Islamic factor from the early modern to the modern period. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for scholars to raise historical, theoretical, cultural and methodological questions dealing with the following themes:

 
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1. Trans-Saharan Slave Trade
2. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
3. The Indian Ocean Slave Trade
4. Ethnicity and Slavery in the Muslim World
5. Gender and Slavery in Islam
6. The Literacy and Legal Tradition of Slavery in Islam
7. Emancipation and abolition in Islam
8. Slave Religious Practices in Islamic lands
9. Popular Culture of Slavery
In order to distribute papers at the conference, an electronic copy of the presenter's paper, should be submitted to The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre on the African Diaspora by September 30th, 2003 at: nigerian@yorku.ca.

For panel presentations, each participant will have a maximum of 25-30 minutes. Note that the bulk of this time will be spent in discussion and critique. You should therefore spend no more than twenty minutes outlining the basic arguments of your paper and leave the remaining time.

Conference Organizing Committee:
Chair: Paul E. Lovejoy, FRSC
Distinguished Research Professor
Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora History

Members:
Bashir Salau
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Email: bashir@yorku.ca

Jennifer Lofkrantz
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Email: lofkrant@yorku.ca

Behnaz Mirzai Asl
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Email: bmirzai@yorku.ca

Ismael Musah Montana
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Email: iumusah@yorku.ca

Josť Cairus
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Email: cairus@yorku.ca

Alia Paroo
Dept. of History
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3

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Sponsors:
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Canada Research Chair in Afrian Diaspora History
Faculty of Arts
Department of History
Founders College

VP Research and Innovation
AVP Academic
AVP International
Office of Student Affairs
York University Bookstore

Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Email: nigerian@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 650-8173